Jan 16, 2013 5:30pm PST
speaking-- urging them to listen to the american public and to the law enforcement community and support a ban on the further manufacture of military-style assault weapons. >> suarez: additionally, the obama plan calls for congress to order background checks for all gun sales, ending the so-called "gun show loophole." and it seeks stiffer penalties for people who sell guns to criminals. all told, the plan would cost some $500 million. and president obama said, "it's going to take some heavy political lifting." >> this will be difficult. there will be pundits and politicians and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical all-out assault on liberty, not because that's true but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves. and behind the scenes they'll do everything they can to block any common-sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever. >> suarez: even before the president spoke, david keene, head of the national rifle association, dismissed the plan, in an interview with judy woodruff last night on "the newshour."
Jan 17, 2013 5:30pm PST
. >> brown: then, we turn again to the debate over gun laws and examine proposals to identify and treat those with mental illnesses. >> suarez: we update the case against army private bradley manning, accused of leaking thousands of classified military documes onne. >> that has are messages that came out from bin laden asking for specific documents that were released. specifically documents regarding it will war logs of iraq and afghanistan. >> brown: from india, fred de sam lazaro has the story of an unlikely solution to massive black-outs and power-grid problems, using the by-product of a staple. >> the newly electrified homes stand out in the dark-with children clustered around the single light bulb doing home work. just one, low power turbine is enough to make the enterprise viable. >> suarez: and we remember pauline phillips whose "dear abby" column offered straight- talking but sympathetic advice about love and life to readers around the globe. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for
Jan 23, 2013 5:30pm PST
legislative council at the american civil liberties union. the a.c.l.u. has filed law-suits against the government challenging the legal basis for the drone program. welcome to both of you. i want to start, seth, with the effectiveness question. how effective are drones strikes? >> i think on the one hand, drones have been effective in taking off the battle field several individuals that have been actively involved in plotting attacks against the u.s. homeland. all of them plotting active attacks and the drone strikes severely disrupted those attacks. i would also say, though, that they are not sufficient. strikes in and of themselves don't hold territory. they don't deal with the root causes of terrorism. so one should never argue-- or it would be incoect to argue th they are sufficient to ending how terrorist dwriewps operate orinding terrorism. >> brown: do you dispute the effectiveness in taking out some of the top leaders? >> the truth is that no one really knows exactly what's going on with their effectiveness or not because this is a program that has been wrapped in secrecy.
Jan 18, 2013 10:00pm PST
, and if there is something suspicious, we'd like for them to report it to law enforcement. >> suarez: the idea is to replicate 2009-- there were no arrests, despite a crowd of some two million people, officials u®4w just a few years ago, when her ñrçóÑiÑiÑii ay takes on a special meaning. >> i think the hugest thing is +r d+ake by, render a salute, and that's huge evenor myself.çó you know, i may get a glimpse of him, so that's a big deal! >> suarez: and so will millions of others, in person and on televisions, computers and mobile devices across the world. >> he'll walk down the hall, and then he'll go outside, and when he opens those doors, he'll see hundreds of thousands of people cheering at him. it will be a sight that is awesome. : producing awe. >> brown: and now to the man who will be just the fifth inaugural poet in the nation's history. richard blanco was, as he says, "made in cuba"-- he was conceived there; "assembled in spain"-- his mother gave birth to him there; and quickly "imported to the united states"-- he grew up in miami. he trained and worked as a civil engineer b
Jan 17, 2013 3:00pm PST
an assault weapons ban become law again were easy, it would never have expired. if the variety of other actions that the president proposes we take as a nation were without conflict, we wouldn't be having this discussion. >> suarez: that call for a new, stricter prohibition against military assault-style weapons is already being rejected by house republicans. it's also gotten a mixed response even among senate democrats, not to mention the gun lobby. >> most of the proposals that have to do with firearms are simply feel good proposals that have been tried in the past and won't work or won't have any real impact. >> suarez: on "cbs this morning," the national rifle association president david keene did say the group might support universal background checks, if they could be made to work. >> the difficulty comes in when you're talking about you and me as next door neighbors and you buy a new shotgun and want to sell one to me. how do you enforce a background check on that? we want to see the proposal but as a general proposition, the n.r.a. has been very supportive of doing background ch
Jan 22, 2013 5:30pm PST
brothers and sisters treated like anyone else under the law. for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> i now pronounce you married. fill: the president first announced his support of same sex marriage last may. but that reference for a first for a presidential inaugural speech. he also raised immigration reform. an issue that went unaddressed for much of his first term. >> our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the hopeful immigrants who still see america as a land of opportunity. until bright, young students and engineers are lifted in our work force rather than expelled from our country >> ifill: the president singled out climate change as well, another issue that remains largely on the back burner during his first four years in the white house. >> we will respond to the threat of climate change. knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. ( applause ) some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of ragin
Jan 21, 2013 5:30pm PST
until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. our journey is complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see america as a land of opportunity, until bright, young students and engineers are listed in our work force rather than expelled from our country. our journey is not complete until all our children from the streets of detroit to the hills of appalachia to the quiet lanes of newtown know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm. that is our generation's task: to make these works, these rights, these values of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness real for every american >> brown: the broad theme for this inaugural was faith in america's future. the president closed his remarks by looking forward to the expected political battles. he urged both parties to work togeth
Jan 24, 2013 3:00pm PST
to the front lines by law in a compulsory manner to serve as a infantry woman? >> ifill: you have a few seconds to answer? >> i don't know how this is going to effect the selective service but i do think that with full rights comes full responsibilities. >> ifill: colonel ellen haring and wade zirkle founder of vets for freedom, thank you very much. >> brown: next, trying to make sense of china's economy. a top chinese official told leaders at the davos world economic forum in switzerland this week the country is expecting faster growth this year. if anything, he said, china's trying to stop the economy from overheating too quickly. but some are asking whether china's high-flying growth may be built on questionable assumptions. "newshour" economics correspondent paul solman has our look as, yes, part of his ongoing reporting: "making sense of financial news." >> reporter: china: the juggernaut that's driving a world economic recovery? or a classic bubble about to burst, taking us all down with it? the evidence is dramatic, on both sides. on the one hand, breakneck urbanization-- building ten ne